PRESIDENT, AFSCME COUNCIL 3
Patrick Moran has spent his career fighting for employees’ rights and advocating for others to respect their services.
He has worked for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union (AFSCME) for nearly 20 years. Moran spent 10 years as their area organizing director and was named to his current role as president of Council 3 in 2012.
The University of Michigan graduate oversees one of the largest unions in the state with more than 25,000 members.
AFSCME Maryland was born in the early 1970’s as state and higher education workers came together to focus specifically on their issues and to win collective bargaining rights.
Recently, the union has been advocating against budget and service cuts and fighting for health and safety measures for union members due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Moran has been a leading advocate for the Maryland Essential Workers Protection Act, which would provide standards and procedures to protect essential workers during pandemics. The legislation would apply to both public- and private-sector employees.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?
Listening is more important than talking.
What’s been your biggest success?
Seeing our membership grow in the face of anti-union laws and administrations.
What are your hopes for the state or your community this year?
That the state creates a feasible plan to get people vaccinated.